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By Ali Behdad

ISBN-10: 0822336065

ISBN-13: 9780822336068

ISBN-10: 0822336197

ISBN-13: 9780822336198

In A Forgetful Nation, the popular postcolonialism pupil Ali Behdad turns his realization to the USA. providing a well timed critique of immigration and nationalism, Behdad takes on an idea primary to American nationwide mythology: that the us is “a kingdom of immigrants,” welcoming and beneficiant to foreigners. He argues that american citizens’ therapy of immigrants and foreigners has lengthy fluctuated among hospitality and hostility, and that this deep-seated ambivalence is key to the development of nationwide id. development at the insights of Freud, Nietzsche, Foucault, and Derrida, he develops a conception of the ancient amnesia that allows the U.S. to disavow a prior and current outfitted at the exclusion of others.

Behdad indicates how political, cultural, and felony texts have articulated American nervousness approximately immigration from the Federalist interval to the current day. He reads texts either well-known—J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer, Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass—and lesser-known—such because the writings of nineteenth-century nativists and of public future health officers at Ellis Island. within the method, he highlights what's obscured by means of narratives and texts celebrating the us as an open-armed haven for everybody: the country’s violent beginnings, together with its conquest of local american citizens, brutal exploitation of enslaved Africans, and colonialist annexation of French and Mexican territories; a ordinary and fierce strand of nativism; the necessity for a docile exertions strength; and the cruel self-discipline meted out to immigrant “aliens” at the present time, really alongside the Mexican border.

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